"They eat rice."
Translation:Ils mangent du riz.
I don't know when to use 'Elles' or 'Ils' in these kinds of sentences. Anybody got advice on this please?
By default, you would use "ils" since it can pertain to only males or males and females. However, "elles" pertains to only girls. It there is a single boy in that group, it immediately becomes "ils."
Il: he,it Ils: they a: has av: have, you have. (avons, before they, they have) Les garçons boivent de l'eau (instead Le, use Les before 'garcon s')
I thought both were correct with no context - I chose the 'Elles' option and got it wrong :(
Its always masculine unless they group is entirely composed of women. If one man is present, it is ils. If it is vague, like "they" it is ils.
When the object is masculine, use "du". Eg, "Je bois du vin." When it's feminine, use "de la". Eg, "Je bois de la bière."
"du" here basically means "de le". (Just note "De le" is not used in french, only ever "du".)
I can't believe it! This was a duolingo mistake completely. I'm taking a screenshot. I selected "Ils mangent du riz" which was one of the right answers and yet it was wrong.
The article is constantly throwing me off. Having to put "Ils mangent DU riz" is the most annoying thing in world! Anyone else agree?
i always made the sentence like ils mangent le riz....i really have no idea about when shoud i use "de" in sentences
le, la, les, l' (the)
Ils mangent le riz = The eat the rice.
de, du, de la, d' (some)
Ils mangent du riz = They eat (some) rice. [some is optional and the meaning is understood.]
I can help you with this! :)
French follows a format for verbs. They are used with the pronom sujets (je, tu, il, elle, nous, vous, ils, elles). Verbs are divided into three groups namely, <<er>>, <<ir>>, <<re>>. The last two letters of a verb (er/ir/re) helps to classify the verbs. These are called radicals.
To conjugate a verb belonging to the <<er>> group, you need to remove the radical and add these endings: -e, -es, -e, -e, -ons, -ez, -ent, -ent.
<<parler>> - to speak
However, there are some exceptions in French verbs in the the <<er>> group. One of them is the <<ger>> radical. All verbs that end with -ger have this conjugation pattern: -e, -es, -e, -e, -eons(notice the extra e), -ez, -ent, -ent.
<<manger>> - to eat
Je mange (I eat)
Tu manges (you eat)
Il mange (he eats)
Elle mange (She eats)
Nous mangeons (We eat) (!)
Vous mangez (You eat)
Ils mangent (They eat)
Elles mangent (They eat)
Other verbs that follow the same pattern: <<ranger>> (to tidy), <<nager>> (to swim), <<changer>> (to swim), <<voyager>> (to travel).
So, the difference between mangeons and mangent is the conjugation and the pronouns used. Well, what are they? I explained this just now! :)
Bonne chance avec tes langues! :)
Elles = They (used for feminine references)
Ils = They (used for masculine references)
With this, honestly, "They" is not specified with the men or the women, and sometimes it will correct me to say "Ils" when I say "Ce" or to say "Ce" when I say "Ils"....very frustrating.
Advanced French Grammar: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/fl/Du-De-La-Deshellip-Expressing-Unspecified-Quantities-In-French.htm :)
I kept selecting this option, "Ils mangent du riz." as the transalation, I was continually told that the transalation was wrong! I alst tries "Elles", but that wasn't accepted either.
i clicked the correct answer more than six times then i tried to skipped then my practice quiz was over
Is anyone else facing a problem where no matter which answer they choose its wrong
You need to mark all the correct translations not just one of the correct answers
Is it feminine, masculine, or no gender? I don't understand why it is both "Elle mange du riz" and "Ils mangent du riz instead of the first one, which is feminine. Could someone please explain?